Earth Day is April 22nd, and organizers are gearing up for the fourth annual Sustainability Fair in Rhinelander.
Co-chair Ann Eshelman says it’s going to be the biggest one yet, with about 30 exhibitors ranging from green contractors to local farms.
“It’s a wide variety of exhibitors. We have people in the construction business, we have people in the gardening business, we have people in the retail business. And we also have a lot of organizations that are conveying information about their sustainability mission.”
Biologists have found the first trace of a deadly bat disease in Wisconsin. Bats tested positive for white nose syndrome at a mine in southwestern Wisconsin.
The Grant County location where white nose was found…is within flying distance of an Illinois site where the syndrome turned up in 2012. Biologists are guessing a bat from that location carried the disease to Wisconsin.
White nose has also been found for the first time in several locations in the Upper Peninsula.
The Wisconsin DNR’s Paul White says it’s likely the disease will spread throughout the state.
Wisconsin Public Service is retiring a coal fired power plant near Wausau, and switching a second one over to natural gas.
Weston Unit 1 was built in 1954. WPS spokesperson Kerry Spees says the older plant is much less efficient in generating power, and also needs expensive emissions upgrades.
“We would definitely have to do upgrades. We’re in a time it seems when those environmental standards continue to get tighter and tighter. And at a certain point you just have to cut the cord and say there’s no real sense in trying to keep this plant operating.”
Today we debut a new series of interviews with Northwoods residents over the age of ninety. Allen Krueger served in the U.S. Navy and had a career as an electrician, before retiring in northern Wisconsin. WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski went to meet Allen…and his dog Zoe…at his home in Monico.
Editor's Note: This report was updated at 4:01 p.m.
A report on Indian gaming is drawing mixed interpretations about how casinos are doing in Wisconsin.
The report from gaming information publisher Casino City shows a slight increase in Wisconsin’s gaming revenue from 2011 and 2012. But it also shows more than 3-percent drop over six years, from 2007 through 2012.
This Saturday marks the end of the winter moratorium on utility shutoffs. Wisconsin Public Service is urging customers who are behind on their bills to call sooner rather than later…to make payment arrangements.
State law prevents anyone’s home utilities from being turned off during winter months between November 1st and April 15th, even you don’t pay the bills.
But WPS spokesperson Leah Van Zile says those unpaid bills won’t go away, and customers could face shutoffs if they don’t get in touch with WPS.